Francis Kicking Butt At East/West Shrine Practices
The lone defensive end standout has been Rutgers’ Justin Francis (6-2/270). Other than being the West’s most vocal defender, Francis slashes in from the edge and has consistently beaten offensive tackles to the spot. Francis finds contact through his hands, but too often guesses on plays, allowing cutback lanes to open after he gets upfield. Francis has a Charles Johnson frame, so leverage is not an issue. He just needs to focus.
Desmond Wynn Impresses at East/West Shrine Practice
Projected Round: 5th-7th
OG Desmond Wynn (6’5”, 305), Rutgers: Wynn has been rising up some draft boards with a strong senior season. He’s got a good frame and shows really good base and quickness. Consistency seems to be his biggest problem, but his draft stock is rising. He looks like the type of player that a team will look to develop given his raw tools. (note: he is worth drafting just to make my caption for the picture come true)
Sanu’s Value Climbing
In his first mock draft , ESPN expert Mel Kiper Jr. has Sanu going No. 26 to the Houston Texans. Kiper also has Sanu rated as the No. 4 receiver available in the draft. Kiper says this of Sanu in his mock draft write-up:
Sanu is the type of guy who can stretch the field and be a huge threat across from (Andre) Johnson. And when you consider that Johnson will be 31 entering the 2012 season, the Texans need this kind of presence around if he misses any more time. Sanu is hugely productive, creates space, has good speed and can contribute early.
Since 2000, the only year the Big East did not have a first-round pick in the NFL draft was 2006. This class does not seem particularly strong. If you look at the top 5 players Kiper ranked at each position, the Big East only has two — Sanu and West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin, rated as an outside linebacker.